Thursday, August 7, 2008

Stop the RV rockin’ with this homemade stabilizer system

Long time RVer Bob Campbel from Dayton, Ohio wanted a more stable RV lifestyle. He was tired of all the “rock-n-roll” he experienced as he walked around in his 5th wheel. So he decided to make his own stabilizer out of an old bumper jack, some chain and some scrap metal he had laying around his shop.

First he attaches the stabilizer leg (without the jack) to one side of his 5th wheel like this.Next he pulls the chain so it loosely fits into the side with the jack.Both legs have an “L” frame bracket that holds the stabilizer legs in place against the frame. A hinged “foot” also contains a hook that holds the chain in place. The hinged foot allows for automatic ground angle adjustment.

Since he is setting up on grass, he places boards under the “feet” of the stabilizer jack.

Bob welded a piece of “L” frame on the bottom of the jack and attached the top of the jack to the hinged “foot”. The jack appears “upside down” compared to how a bumper jack is normally used.Once the chain is loosely attached Bob begins to ratchet the jack until the chain is tight.This device actually stops the “rock-n-roll” movement of the typical 5th wheel in the rear of the coach.

This requires some welding skill or having a friend or relative who knows how to weld. Take him or her a copy of these photos (and a candy bar) and he or she will know exactly what to do. They probably even have all the stuff laying around the shop to do the job. You can pick up a bumper jack at any junk yard for a few bucks.

Bringing stability to your RV lifestyle - Jim Twamley, Professor of RVing

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Slick said...

I have been using this system for years and it does work well. I have even gone so far as using the same setup on the front of my fifth wheel instead of the pin stabelizer. The second system doesn't use a jack to tighten the chain. Instead, I use a chain binder that is available in most farm and home suppy stores. A little more effort to set up, but it works just as well.

Anonymous said...

Fulltiming now in our 8th year, on the few occasions that we've slept elsewhere than our 31' 5'er, we've been unable to sleep well WITHOUT the motion!

Steadyfast said...

It appears this unit will work much better than the ones that use a strap ratchet to tighten. You can also consider other 5th Wheel and Travel Trailer Stabilizers like the SteadyFast that don't reqire storage space or as much setup.

Popeye said...

I don't have a 5th wheel but a double axle travel trailer and I'm not getting much side to side sway but a lot of front to back movement. I guess this won't work for me.

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